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Sub-prefecture of Haut-Rhin (68)

Population: 113,000and 273,000 in the 39 communes of Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration

Celebrities: Johann Heinrich Lambert (mathematician), Alfred Werner (1913 chemistry Nobel Prize), Captain Alfred Dreyfus, Katia and Maurice Krafft (volcanologists), William Wyler (film maker), Schlumpf brothers (sponsors of Cité de l’auto), François Spoerry (architect), Jean Brenner (painter), François Florent (founder of acting school Cours Florent in Paris), Michaël Grégorio (humourist), Didier Bourdon (actor), Anaïs Croze (singer), Thierry Omeyer (handball), Armelle Faesch (French volley-ball team captain), Roxanna Maracineanu (Sports minister, former swimmer Olympic medallist), Laure Manaudou, Amaury Leveaux (swimmers).

Specialities: Baeckeoffe (meat and vegetable marinated in white wine), Flammekueche (flambéed tart), Spaetzle (Alsatian pasta), sauerkraut, Sürlawerla (veal liver), Lawerknäpfla (liver quenelles), Kougelhopf (run), Mannala and Schnackala (bread loaves in the shape of men and snails), Schankala (small sweet doughnuts), le Melfor (honey and herbs vinegar), Mulhouse beer

Sport: 23,000 club members, 150 clubs including ASPTT Mulhouse (volley-ball, Ligue A), FC Mulhouse (football). Equipment: 2 sport grounds, 50 sport sites, regional sports centre, five running trails.

On the bike: 110 km of cycling tracks and paths, 250 bicycle-sharing bikes.

Economy: 2nd economic area in Alsace, PSA Peugeot-Citroën factory, Haute- Alsace university (4 faculties, 2 Polytechnics, Sud-Alsace National Chemistry Higher School.

Festivals: Carnival (February), Plants market (April), Foir’Expo of Mulhouse (May), Mulhouse Cité Gonflée (May, playgrounds for children), Street Bouche Corner (June, gastronomy), Le Printemps du Tango (Tango Spring, June), Mulhouse 19 (June, modern arts), Faites du Sport (June), Music and Dance days (June),

July: Automobile festival, Bals de Feu (Fire balls, July 13), Scènes de rue (Street Scenes), Bêtes de Scène (modern music), Jeudis du Parc Salvator, Meteo Music festival (August, jazz), Folie’Flore, Tout Mulhouse lit (November, book fair), les Etoffes de Noël, Christmas market (December)

Websites and social networks: www.mulhouse.fr / mulhouse.fr  / Mplusinfo.frMulhousecestvous.frTourisme-mulhouse.comGrandest.frHaut-rhin.fr / @mulhouse / @mulhouse.officiel

Alsace in colours

At the crossroads of France, Switzerland and Germany, Mulhouse invites you to discover a different Alsace.

A picturesque and lively town centre and charming pedestrian streets take visitors along the “red thread”, a 3.8-lm course accessible to people with mobility problems.

The red colour, found in the town blazon, can be found at every step in several shades, and it will guide visitors during their visit. Architectural heritage, cultural equipment, shops, craftsmen and Made in Mulhouse branded designers can be met along the way.

With its colourful facades, place de La Reunion is the historical heart of Mulhouse and also the favourite spot for tourists and visitors alike. Several historical monuments can be found on it and especially the St Etienne Temple with its 14th century stained-glass windows as well as the Renaissance town hall, housing the historical museum. It is an example among several others of the many painted walls scattered around the city.

Mulhouse is also a family and children-friendly town. The Family Plus label is useful to spot the venues and sites suited to the whole family.

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© Ville de Mulhouse - T.Itty

The Buysse brothers in yellow  

Mulhouse hosted the Tour de France sixteen times and has beautiful bicycle tales to tell and especially the story of the Buysse brothers, the only siblings in the Tour history to have held the yellow jersey in the same edition. Winner of the first stage of the 1926 Tour in Mulhouse, Jules Buysse took the jersey that day, three weeks before seeing his brother Lucien win the race in Paris. The Buysse were a real cycling dynasty since their older brother Marcel won six stages in the 1913 Tour and also held the yellow jersey for two days. All had children who became professional riders. Mulhouse also hosted two stage starts in 1959 and 1971. The winners list in town includes three Tour winners, Nicolas Frantz, Bernard Hinault and Laurent Fignon.

The last stage finish in Mulhouse, in 2014, saw the triumph of Tony Martin, who raised the arms after a 59-km solo, while Tony Gallopin took the yellow jersey for a day before handing it to its final holder, Vincenzo Nibali. Like the Buysses, the Gallopins could see this ephemeral yellow jersey as a family achievement, since Tony’s father Joel rode several Tours in the 1980s while his uncle Guy was also a professional rider. As for Tony’s other uncle, Alain, a team director with Trek-Segfredo for a long while, he shed a few tears of joy that day.

Tour de France 1926 - Lucien Buysse © PRESSE SPORTS
Tour de France 1926 - Jules Buysse © PRESSE SPORTS
Tour de France 2014 - Tony GALLOPIN © PRESSE SPORTS

Zoological and botanical Park
The Zoological and botanical Park spreads over 25 ha and is home to more than 1,200 animals from 170 species as well as 3,500 varieties of plants. The third tourist site in Alsace is also committed to the preservation of biodiversity. A pedagogical path, innovative and entertaining, helps understand the issues of global warming and the actions to be undertaken to protect wildlife.

Cité de l'Automobile National Museum – Schlumpf Collection
The largest automobile museum in the world! With 600 masterpieces, it retraces the fabulous adventure of automobile from 1878 to this day. Exceptional by its history and its collections, it includes 400 items listed as historical monuments, including the largest collection of Bugattis in the world.

Cité du Train – France’s railroad museum
The museum is the largest railroad museum in Europe. It displays in an animated path the great themes of the history of railroad from beautiful steam engines, locomotives and carriages.  Another part of the gigantic collection retraces the epic history of railroad from the first locomotive to this day.

Museum of Printed Textiles
It holds more than 6 million motives and designs, making it the most important bank of textile images in the world. Stylists the world over come here to look for inspiration. 50,000 documents, scarves or shawls are presented during temporary exhibitions in which the greatest names in the industry are displayed: Hermes, Prada, Lacroix, Castelbajac…

EDF- Electroplis Museum
The museum tells the fascinating story of electricity through time, from the Antiquity to this day. The multimedia show “The Big Machine”, treasure of Mulhouse’s industrial history, games and videos help understand what happens when the power is running.

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Fried carp

A typical Alsatian dish, fried carp even has its own road in the Sungdau area.

It is cooked with slices or filets of carp. 300 grams of carp are required per person.

Salt them and pour dry Alsatian wine on top of them then roll them in fine wheat semolina. Plunge the lot in hot oil and fry for three to four minutes. Take them out and rinse them. They are ready.

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Hôtel de Ville, Mulhouse © Getty Images/iStockphoto

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